Economic Impact of Hospitals and Health Systems in Pennsylvania


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Economic Impact of Pennsylvania’s Hospitals

Beyond their roles as providers of essential health care and leading advocates for improving the health of communities, Pennsylvania’s hospitals and health systems play a critical role in the state’s economy, driving economic growth and creating jobs.

Pennsylvania Hospitals:

$128.9 billion in total economic impact

$57.3 billion spent by hospitals

$71.6 billion in secondary spending

650,000 jobs and $32.5 billion in wages, salaries, and benefits

289,226 hospital employees made $17.2 billion in wages, salaries, and benefits

361,677 additional workers made $15.3 billion from jobs supported by hospitals



Comprise 12% of state’s economy

Provide 1 of every 10 jobs

Are a top employer in 53 of 67 counties


The Challenge:

Pennsylvania hospitals and health systems are making great strides to improve patient safety, to build new technologies, to re-tool our workforce, and to address social issues, such as food insecurity and violence. In order for this important work to continue, hospitals need:


Financial stability

Relief from regulatory burden

Reliable payments for services





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